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New Executive Director named for Arkansas Democrats

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:The Democratic Party of Arkansas named Ted Dick as its new executive director, replacing long-time current ED Candace Martin, who is moving out of state.Dick has served as executive director of the Montana Democratic Party and he headed the Olympia, Washington-based Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

08/31/2015 10:50 AM

Construction could start this fall on Jonesboro hotel and conference center

Financing has been approved for Jonesboro to land a hotel and convention center.  The City of Jonesboro announced in a press release the Keller Family of Effingham, Illinois, has secured funding of the multi-million dollar project, which would be located at the site of the former Arkansas Department of Human Services building on Highway 63.  Plans are for a 152-room Hyatt Place Hotel and Conference Center to be constructed.  Ground work could start in as little as 30 days.  First Community Bank is reportedly financing the project.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says

08/31/2015 6:32 AM

A-State track alum Sharika Nelvis finishes 8th in World Championships

Arkansas State track and field alum Sharika Nelvis was one of two Americans to qualify for the final of the 100-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Championships on Friday at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.Nelvis, who finishes second in 12.56 seconds in the semifinal earlier Friday, stumbled over the final hurdle and crossed the line eighth in 13.01 seconds.

08/28/2015 9:57 AM

Jacksonport State Park to celebrate 50th birthday

A 50th birthday celebration takes place tomorrow at Jacksonport State Park near Newport.  Superintendent of Jacksonport State Park is Mark Ballard.

08/28/2015 8:17 AM

ASU Board of Trustees Approves $12.6 Million Wilson Hall Renovation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees today approved a $12.6 million plan to renovate and modernize the historic Wilson Hall on the Arkansas State campus in Jonesboro. New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine will lease Wilson Hall, formerly home to the A-State College of Humanities, for use as an additional instructional site for its medical students. NYIT has said it plans to open the site in August 2016.

08/27/2015 3:00 PM

$12.8 million renovation approved at Wilson Hall for DO school

Extensive renovation work is taking place at the site of the state’s new osteopathic medical school.  The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees approved financing the massive renovation of Wilson Hall on the campus of Arkansas State University.  The project is expected to cost 12-point-eight-million-dollars.  The Board approved an eight million dollar loan that would be short term, in that it would not exceed eight years.  The remaining four-point-four million dollars would come from money from Arkansas State University and the New York Institute of Technology, whi

08/27/2015 11:56 AM

University and Community Choir Rehearsals Start Aug. 31

Rehearsals of the University-Community Choir start soon at Arkansas State University. The group, which is inviting new members to participate, will be singing Handel’s "Messiah" with orchestra this term.

08/27/2015 9:15 AM

Cooksey: Arkansas State University's academic restructuring will mean more faculty hires

Arkansas State University is moving toward academic restructuring in Jonesboro.  If approved by the ASU Board of Trustees in December, the restructure would take effect July 1.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with Cooksey about why this is necessary and what it will mean for the university.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.

08/27/2015 7:23 AM

Jonesboro Finance Committee forwards several projects to city council

The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance Committee forwarded several items to the full council for next week’s meeting.  Among those items is an agreement for the 2015 Outdoor Recreation Grant Program, which would be used at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro.  The grant would allow for outdoor workout stations located along the two mile trail that surrounds the lake at Craighead Forest Park, as well as bike racks and other amenities.  Pending approval by the full council, work on making additions to the park could start as early as this year.  Other resolutions include a 20

08/27/2015 6:13 AM

Big River Steel's new CEO gives update to lawmakers

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:Big River Steel has pre-sold nearly a quarter of the steel it is expected to produce over the next seven years, the company’s CEO told a legislative committee Wednesday.Dave Stickler spoke to the House and Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development committees during a meeting at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville.

08/27/2015 5:15 AM

Three Exhibitions Opening at Bradbury, Thursday, Aug. 27

A reception for arts patrons will mark the opening of three new exhibitions at Bradbury Art Museum in Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr., Thursday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibitions continue through Sunday, Sept. 27.

08/26/2015 8:00 AM

A-State Distinguished Alumni Awards announced

The Arkansas State University Alumni Association is announcing the recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2015, which will be presented during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 3. This year’s honorees are John A. Bobango of Germantown, Tenn., Ron Miller of Jonesboro, and the late Ed Way of Jonesboro.  These three alumni have a lifetime of achievements, both professionally and with Arkansas State.

08/26/2015 5:25 AM

Oshkosh beats out Arkansas for $30 Billion JLTV contract

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Arkansas lost another bid for a superproject.After courting three of the nation’s largest defense contractors for the past three years, the Pentagon on Tuesday (Aug. 25) announced Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense as the winner of a $30 billion award to build nearly 55,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps over the next 25 years.

08/26/2015 5:17 AM

Bradbury Gallery gets gift and a new name

A vital anchor of the arts community in East Arkansas since 2001, Bradbury Gallery at Arkansas State University is getting a new look and a new name.Through the generosity of Curt and Chucki Bradbury of Little Rock, the gallery has evolved to become the Bradbury Art Museum (BAM).

08/26/2015 5:13 AM

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08/26/2015 12:00 AM

Gov. Hutchinson picks Howard Brill for Chief Justice

From Governor Asa Hutchinson's Office:Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Howard Brill as the next Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, following the retirement of Jim Hannah, effective on September 1. Hannah’s current term is set to expire at the end of 2016.Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

08/25/2015 11:20 AM

Grant Provides Recycling Bins for A-State's Outdoor Events

During the Community and Organization Fair Wednesday at Arkansas State University, new recycling bins will be available for students to show concern for their campus and the environment. A national grant program, made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation, provided 25 new recycling bins to A-State.

08/25/2015 9:30 AM

Craighead County Circuit Clerk's office to destroy thousands of juvenile files

Juvenile files stored by Craighead County’s Circuit Clerk’s office have not been destroyed in many years, which is a violation of a state law.  Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards informed the Craighead County Quorum Court about the issue last night.  Juvenile court records are required to be destroyed on the 21st birthday of that juvenile, unless those files meet four sets of criteria.  Edwards says she was informed the county was violating state law by not destroying those files when a pair of deputies went to a conference in Little Rock and learned about the problem.&

08/25/2015 5:57 AM